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Payton Thorne and Jalen Nailor dominated the first half with three long touchdown connections, then Kenneth Walker III stole the show in the second half with a record-breaking run, helping the No. 11 Spartans remain unbeaten and pull away from Rutgers, 31-13, at SHI Stadium.
It all added up to the fifth time in FBS history a team had a 300-yard passer, 200-yard rusher and 200-yard receiver in the same game, according to the Big Ten Network broadcast.
The defense shut out the Scarlet Knights (3-3, 0-3 Big Ten) in the second half.
MSU (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) is now bowl eligible and visits Indiana next week (noon, FS1). It was projected to finish last in the Big Ten East Division.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 9, 2021
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan State football's big plays earn 31-13 win over Rutgers